Winter Sports and Snow
Snow and ice can provide a playground for winter sports as well as give us the beauty of a winter wonderland. Learn about the science of both of these areas, from what makes the “best” ice for skating, the chemicals that give us a smooth trip down the slopes, the science of snowflakes, and more.
- Putting the Ice in Hockey
How do states of matter work to get these rinks skate-ready?
- The Science of Hockey
Ever thought ice is just ice? Find out what hockey announcers and players mean by “fast ice” and “slow ice” and what it takes to get them.
- Ice Skating in July on Synthetic Ice
These updated choices can help you get onto the “ice” even when temperatures soar.
- Can Synthetic Ice Provide an Alternative?
Is this plastic surface good enough for the pros?
- Artificial Snow: A Slippery Slope
Sometimes the slopes can use a boost from science. What are the pros and cons?
- Olympic Ski Racers - The Chemistry of Wax
The right chemistry choice can mean the difference between making it to first or second place on the slopes.
- What's Ski Wax?
This product helps skiers get the results they want, but what effect does it have on the environment?
- Skiing and Friction
Turn a love for skiing into a science project!
- Making Skis Strong Enough for Olympians To Race On
They’ve gone from ash wood to high tech materials. What’s in them today?
- Materials Break into Snow Business
Buildings. Snow. Clothing. We don’t often think about it, but there’s plenty of science behind the structures and materials you see at the Olympics.
- Cutting Edge Technology at the Sochi Olympics
Luge racers turn to a chemical company for cutting edge technology.
- The Science of Curling
These stones slip and slide their way toward the target… and winning glory.
- Coffee Creamer Ice Cream
Fill up on ice to serve mini ice creams with a side of freezing point chemistry learning.
- Designing and Engineering a Fast Defroster
Take this chilly challenge to create a way to melt ice quickly.
- Science Fun in the Snow
Take the lab outdoors (or into the freezer)!
- Snow Globe Lab
Create a successful snow globe, while learning about solubility along the way.
- Benzoic Acid Blizzard in a Bottle
Choose a fun plastic figurine for your blizzard bottle, then let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
- Frozen Bubbles
Too cold to go outside? Not if you want to create these below freezing bubbles.
- What Causes Ice to Be Slippery?
Ice can be a hotly debated topic! Look at theories of why ice is such a slippery substance.
- The Shapes of Snowflakes
There’s more behind these cool crystals than you realize!
- Live Snowflake Feed
No snow in your area? Enjoy a snowfall virtually and learn how the project helps with making accurate weather models.
- Ice Spikes
These “strange things you can find in your freezer” aren’t forgotten leftovers or mystery meat. Learn about these bits of strange science.
- Ice Cube vs. Wire
Which one comes out on top? (Or on the bottom?)
- The Science of Ice Cores
Some climate knowledge is buried deep down. These cores bring it to the surface of our understanding.
- Make Supercool Fruit Pops
Fruit kicks supercooled water into gear in this experiment.
- Snow Ice Simple Science
Ice and snow wage a water war.
- Wilson A. Bently: Snowflake Shape Activity
Ice and snow wage a water war.